TechnicalitiesMarch 25, 2005
I've got some questions, yo. These are about spinning, so if your eyes glaze over, scroll to the bottom where I'll post a picture of something. Not sure what yet. Oooh! A surprise! Even to me!
So: Dear Janine taught me the long-draw method, using the folded over bunch of staple-length fiber held like an egg in my hand. I've been doing it like this: Pulling out five or ten such little bundles and lining them up on the couch, grabbing them as I go. It works well, even though as yet I'm only able to make a consistent worsted-weight-thickness single. I can't seem to go any lighter-weight than this, which kind of precludes any kind of plying, since with my gauge, I could never work with bulky weight yarn. I'd get 3 stitches per football field or something.
And somehow, even though this is quite silly, I have a yen to hold the whole mess of top in my lap and spin right off it. I see that the Yarn Harlot (let me just say that she is my hero. Yours too. I know) has a fab tutorial that somehow I missed because I wasn't spinning and must have glazed right through, as you're doing if you don't spin. (I'm telling you, skip to the bottom.) Her method seems brilliant. And she explains it well: If you do it this way, you get good yarn. But but but... But. I'm whiny. That seems like so much WORK. But I'm planning on trying it. Maybe this afternoon. I should totally go for a run, but the wheel is sitting there, calling me with its siren songs, daring me to crash on the slubby rocks.
Okay, this: How do you spin? What's your fave method? The more descriptive you are, the more I'll gape in admiration and appreciation. Fave links? I've been to Joy of Handspinning, and I know I need to buy Spin Off mag (anyone in the Bay Area have any old copies they'd like to offload or lend?). What's your favorite trick? In other words: HELP!
Thanks. So here you go:
(This actually means I leave this page and go to my picture file and decide which old photo to lay on you today, since I ain't got nothin' new.)
(I'm back. And you lucked out -- I took it way back, to last May when I was back east.)
Tulips in Central Park:
Bethany in Central Park:
And finally, me wigging out at the Happiest Place on Earth, MDSW:
Don't forget to stock up on Cadbury Creme Eggs this weekend! And on Monday, when they go on sale! Unless you live in Oakland, of course. Then you're totally not allowed to buy more than three. I've got needs.